Treating Neck Pain with Chiropractic and Massage Therapy
Most people will experience neck pain at some point in their life, whether from poor posture, an auto injury or one of several other common causes of this condition. A combination of chiropractic care and massage therapy may help relieve discomfort and treat immobility associated with neck pain.
What is neck pain?
The neck is a small but powerful combination of vertebrae, muscles and ligaments that impacts most of our daily activities. However, due to its small size and big job, the neck is extremely susceptible to injury, stress and pain. Neck pain can limit your ability to drive, work, sleep or carry out everyday tasks due to the restriction of turning the head, numbness or tingling in the fingers and debilitating pain. Generally, people experience either acute or chronic neck pain.
Acute – Acute pain occurs suddenly from injury or stress on joints and muscles.
Chronic – Chronic pain is classified as pain lasting longer than three months.
What causes neck pain?
There are many contributing factors to neck pain, and your situation could result from one event or a combination of circumstances.
Neck pain can indirectly occur from common events:
· Poor posture
· Sleeping on stiff pillows
· Repetitive movements
· Accidents (auto or bike)
And medical conditions:
· Spinal Stenosis
· Degenerative disc disease
However, the aforementioned events may directly cause certain changes in the joints and muscles that lead to different types of neck pain:
· Muscle spasms
· Misaligned vertebrae
· Disc herniation
· Pinched nerves
How can a treatment plan of chiropractic visits and regular massage cure neck pain?
Your muscles and joints work together to create movement. Over time, tight muscles can cause misaligned vertebrae and vice versa. By keeping all the components of the neck in optimal condition through chiropractic and massage therapy, you may experience faster healing and decrease the chance of future strains.
Benefits of Massage
Massage typically addresses soft tissue and relaxes tight muscles to increase blood flow and muscle flexibility, decrease inflammation in tendons and tissues, and relieve physical and emotional stress that may be contributing to soreness. This therapy targets neck pain associated with spasms, strains, tensions and overworked or pulled muscles.
Benefits of Chiropractic Care
Chiropractic care focuses on hard tissue like the joints and spine. Adjustments encourage proper alignment of the vertebrae to decrease mobility restrictions and reduce inflammation. This treatment also removes nerve interference from misaligned vertebrae, loosens stiff joints, and increases range of motion even after one session.
Beginning your session with massage warms up and loosens your muscles to make chiropractic treatment more impactful. When the joints are properly aligned, your body can heal more quickly. Together, these ongoing treatments have the potential to alleviate inflammation, restore mobility and promote proper nerve function in the neck and shoulder region. Ask your chiropractor about supplementing your treatment plan with massage therapy for more holistic healing.